This post features most of our daytime Providence explorations, beginning with our attempt at gaining access to an abandoned (and flooded) subway tunnel, an old raised train bridge and two abandoned and dilapidated clubs.
The old subway tunnel looked like an entrance to a post-apocalypse military bunker and it also appeared to have been used for an old dump ground for tv’s, furniture and even an old crushed car. Squatters most definitely used the site for a campground as there was evidence of a little firepit. The mosquitoes and stench were overwhelming and the fact that the tunnel was flooded by many feet of stagnant water gave us enough reason to get underway. As we drove along, we saw an unused raised bridge crossing the river which was used by trains long ago jusdging by its poor rusted condition. It sat behind a small park and baseball diamond- No fences to jump over or crawl under, we could just walk right up and cross the bridge, which seemed odd that such a dangerous place could be so easily accessible to kids being so close to a park. Pretty cool site though, it reminded me of the movie “Stand By Me” as Tim and Kyle crossed out over the tracks to check the raised part of the bridge.
The next two locations both were old unused nightclubs and it looked like they were that way for quite a long time. Both were easy to enter and covered on all surfaces with scribbled graffiti and somewhat decent pieces. You constantly had to be careful where you stepped as there was debris, rusted nails and broken glass everywhere. We all had split up and quickly captured what we could in under 20-30 minutes at both clubs and made our way out.
Due to our limited time there, these were the only locations we were able to check out, but it would seem that Rhode Island and Massachusetts alike had no shortage of abandoned places to explore as we traveled their roads and highways and pointed so many out along the way.
Until next time, Erik out.